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Transferring VHS to CD/DVD

How? What kind of software do I need and what kind of connections to/from computer and TV/VCR? Also, what format would be the best to go with?

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Well first you need to get it into your computer, so for that you will need a videocard with a video input. What kind of quality are you looking for? DVD is nice, but to burn DVDs you need a DVD burner and seeing as they don't cost an arm and a leg....
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I'd like a decent quality. A friend of mine is also interested in this. It more than likely will be burned onto a CD, but I figured I would ask for the DVD alternate also.

So to get the video onto the hard drive, you would hook the video out from the VCR to the video in on the computer vid card, right?

So, what software to use? And what format should the file Be in?

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Get a decent capture card. Try www.dvdirect.com and go to the entry level section. Finally you can burn it to CD and save is as VCD and have it playable in most DVD players. Basically you need to save it as MPEG-1 for this. A good program to do this with is Adobe Premiere
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Hmmm....I'd capture it in raw .avi, if your system can handle it, then convert it to whatever format you see fit.

Raw AVI = ~8MB per second.
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I hear the Radeon 8500 All in Wonder is very good for that.
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i was going to post a similar question. so i take my video camera, make a movie, this is a compact vhs camera btw, put it in the vcr, watch it make sure its good stuff, connect it to the tv input on the back of the computer, and now i am lost. any help if this is possible would help. i have an s-video port in the computer. do they make cables to change from rca to s-video?
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I don't believe they make cables like that but there might be a conversion box. I've been checking into a video capture card and most of the newer ones (like the Raedon 8500) say "Digital Video In". Does anyone know if these type of cards will also accept Analog video (ie from a VCR or older style Camcorder)?
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Lancefan - I just came across this on eBay so I don't know how well it works.

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ok so i'm guessing radio shack has these? but if i want to make a movie like how randy did his, what else would i need? i think my xp has a movie maker. can i use this?
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I have an ATI TV Wonder VE, it has RCA inputs to connect an analog source such as a video game, VCR or camcorder. Hell, anything with RCA outputs.

$49.99 at Best Buy and it comes with all neccesary cables.

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what about getting the movie to run oon the computer. i have xp, i believe there is movie software on this also. how do i get it to run?
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My two cents.

I have the ATI Video Wonder LE. Nice card, but don't expect DVD quality. Since you're starting with VHS, expect Low Quality. I've done MANY VCDs but the quality is only as good as the source (often even less).

There's a good sight with tons of info at:

http://www.vcdhelp.com/

The s-video on many graphics cards is OUTPUT only. So that you can see your computer on your TV (yeah, that was good when PCs first came out, no TV can come near the resolution of even a cheap monitor these days).

Happy digitizing. And send us some of those juicy movies. *EG*
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I have an ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon and convert VHS to DVD on occasion. I use a Philips DVD+RW1208 to burn. Also, I do what LHSer recommends and always save the VHS to AVI originally for best quality.

Eventually, you will have to convert it to MPEG2, not MPEG1, if you want it to burn on a DVD.

1. VHS to AVI using the all-in-wonder.
2. AVI to MPEG2 using Pinnacle Studio (allows adding of credits, transitions, etc., i.e. Adobe Premiere is similar I believe).
3. A little program called TMPGEnc to clean up the MPEG2 file.
4. I use Uleadís DVD Movie Factory to burn to DVD. BTW, I tried the Sonic DVD 3.0 software that came with my burner but didnít care for it.

Good luck, and get the fire extinguisher ready for the wallet.

BTW, if you want a cheaper alternative, go SVCD and you can burn with a regular CD burner. Resolution is close, and you may not even notice the difference when converting VHS.

helpful link --
http://www.vcdhelp.com/

helpful newsgroup -- alt.binaries.multimedia.utilities (ask for Dr. Mercury)

Again, good luck.

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